Government spokesman Ned Price said the United States would not allow “lies to distract” them from their relations with Pakistan, a relationship he insisted he valued.
Price made the remarks during a media briefing on Tuesday while answering a question about former prime minister Imran Khan accusing the US of ousting him from office and conducting a “campaign against America”.
“Sir, former Prime Minister Imran Khan still blames US efforts since – for his ouster from the prime minister’s office and for leading an anti-US campaign. So, he thinks his anti-US campaign [is] creating fractures between the structure of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and [the] in the US or – or it doesn’t matter? “the reporter asked Price.
In response, Xabiso said: “We will not allow propaganda, false information, and disinformation – falsehood – to undermine any bilateral relations we have, including our bilateral relations with Pakistan, which are valuable.”
Imran, who was voted out of office last month by a no-confidence vote, alleges that the move was controlled by the US with the help of local counterparts following his independent foreign policy.
On March 27, days before his ouster, the former prime minister wrote a letter to a rally in Islamabad, claiming it was “evidence of” foreign conspiracy “to overthrow his government. Imran had kept Mother in mind about the contents of the letter when she first mentioned it, however, she wasted the beans days later by calling the US when the government exit seemed imminent.
His allegation that the US was leading in his departure was based on a thread received by Pakistan’s then ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan, in which he reported on a meeting with Deputy Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Donald Lu. .
Majeed reportedly said Lu had warned that Imran Khan’s continued tenure in office, which would face a vote of no confidence, would have implications for relations between the US and Pakistan.
The Pentagon and the State Department have denied the allegations, saying they are not real.
The National Security Committee (NSC), which includes all service chiefs and the head of Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency, took up the matter on March 31 and decided to issue a “strong border” to an undisclosed country. this was called “clear interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs”.
However, the forum has clarified that no external conspiracy has been hatched to overthrow the government led by Imran Khan.
Meanwhile, Imran and his party insisted that the foreign conspiracy was the cause of the PTI government’s ouster and went on to say during a video message on May 7 that a “conspiracy” to overthrow his government began after rejecting military demands. He repeated the claims on various occasions, including public hearings, following his departure.
During a statement on Tuesday, Xabiso was asked again about a phone call from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to newly appointed Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari last week, in which an US official invited Bilawal to Washington to attend a UN food security summit. May 8th (tomorrow).
According to a It was morning The report, which cites diplomatic sources, said it was not yet clear whether Bilawal would attend the meeting or talk about it.
Commenting on this, Xabiso said: “I do not have a two-state conference to look forward to next week’s food security conference in New York.
“What I am saying is that Secretary Blinken had the opportunity to speak with his new Pakistani counterpart, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, last week – on May 6, I believe it was,” he added.
A State Department spokesman said during the phone call, Blinken and Bilawal “had the opportunity to reflect on the 75-year US-Pakistani relationship, to talk about how we can strengthen that partnership going forward.
“It is a bilateral relationship. The Secretary-General emphasized the US-Pakistan commitment to Afghanistan and the fight against terrorism as well. and education, “Price said, adding that the conversation was” extensive “, as these introductory conversations were often.
“I hope they will soon have a chance to follow this up,” he added.